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Information on programming stage lighting consoles, DMX lighting controllers and operating moving lights for all kinds of live performance.

Parkinson and Pareto - Ways of the Lighting Jedi

Parkinson and Pareto – Ways of the Lighting Jedi

If you have never heard of the Pareto Principle or Parkinson’s Law, get ready for a potential re-framing of how you tackle lighting work from this point on.  On Stage Lighting uncovers a key secret ingredient to enlightenment through lampie-Jedi knowledge, and to improving your effectiveness as a lighting programmer.  Partly though using a concept […]

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Blocking  and Block Cues

Blocking and Block Cues

In this article, On Stage Lighting addresses some common areas of difficulty for anyone trying to get to grips with programming professional lighting desks, particularly for cued theatre performances.  Going hand-in-hand with the dreaded ‘Tracking’, lighting control ‘Blocking’ and ‘Block Cues’ often confuse beginners to the world of lighting programming.  Let’s try and straighten things […]

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The Magic Sheet And You

The Magic Sheet And You

In the usual OSL style of attempting make your life easier, On Stage Lighting takes a look at “Magic Sheets” in performance lighting, their development and how the concept can be used with modern lighting control platforms with some specific examples using the Cham Sys MagicQ. (more…)

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Moving Light Control – Palettes – Lighting Desk Basics 4

Programming moving lights on a modern intelligent lighting console involves some new techniques for the novice console operator, not least the use of “Palettes”. Using palettes is an important method for efficiently programming intelligent fixtures and organising their attributes such as colours, gobos, pan, tilt etc into manageable chunks. On Stage Lighting explains the principles […]

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Moving Light Control – Groups – Lighting Desk Basics 3

The third part of the Lighting Desk Basics series, On Stage Lighting looks at the elements of moving light control. Article 2 – Intelligent Lighting Control, looked at the first steps of controlling moving lights, fixture personalities and patching. Using Groups to control your “heads” is the next step in console programming like the professionals. […]

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Intelligent Lighting Control – Lighting Desk Basics 2

A top end professional intelligent lighting control desk and the moving light section on a cheap lighting control have common features. Understanding these elements, while not teaching you to become a moving light operator, can help a beginner learning any intelligent lighting desk. In the second part of the Lighting Desk …series, On Stage Lighting […]

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Lighting Desk Basics – Beginner’s Guide to a Stage Light Control – 1

The lighting control, “board” or “desk” is the a key part of any stage lighting set up and it is using the lighting desk that an operator is able to control the equipment. This can range from adjusting the “levels” on stage lighting dimmers to controlling complex intelligent lighting systems and media servers. Although there […]

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